The Dignams Creek bridge is open, on time and ready for summer and the peak tourism season. While the project has not been fully completed and remains under traffic control the opening of the bridge will be a welcome to the travellers able to enjoy the new bypass. Andrew Constance MP was delighted with traversing the bridge yesterday posting to social media:
HOW AWESOME IS THIS! After years of hard work, I am pleased to deliver the new Dignams Creek bridge, which from today will have traffic on it for the first time🚍🚙🏍
This is huge news for our region. No more accidents on the old bridge.🚒🚑🚓
I couldn’t be more happy!!
Awesome for our region, residents and visitors, just in time for Christmas and the New Year 🎉
Above: Member for Bega, Andrew Constance delighted with yesterday's opening of the Dignams Creek bridge bypass Roads and Maritime Services appointed Fulton Hogan to complete the upgrade after the previous contractor, York Civil, went into voluntary administration in August 2018.
A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the NSW Government has funding the $45 million upgrade, which will improve safety and traffic efficiency by widening about 800 metres of the Princes Highway just south of Narooma and building a new two kilometre section of the road to current standards.
With a good run of weather the project has remained on track, with a wildlife crossing recently completed under the new section of highway, providing a connection for local wildlife between two National Parks.
Roads and Maritime has also shown support to the local Aboriginal community as part of the project by employing three Aboriginal trainees with each of the trainees to complete a certificate and finish with qualifications in civil construction.
Work for the remainder of the year will include completion of both the Dignams Creek and Dignams Creek Road bridges, the start of road paving and continued drainage work along the new alignment.